[cross-post] American Bookbinders Museum appeal

Here is a presss release from Tim James of the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco. The Museum is a great resource for anyone interested in the history of not just bookbinding but also the entire practice of making books (that’s why a printer like me is a board member). Please, any replies should be by methods mentioned below rather than back to the list.

Bookbinders Museum suffers damage from burst water pipe

It is with great sorrow that I need to announce that the American Bookbinders Museum suffered two separate water inundations affecting both the public display area as well as the library. Although we were spared what could have been the complete destruction of our library the plumber was not optimistic about the safety of our museum from future calamities. Calling the plumbing an “aged rat’s nest of poorly planned and amateurishly installed piping” he would all but guarantee future flooding. Given that the museum has been flooded in the past and then twice in the last week, the Board of directors has no recourse but to vacate the premises.
We are in immediate need of a secure, dry, temperature controlled space to store our collection of over 3000 books and periodicals, as well as space for 9 four-drawer filing cabinets of binding and printing literature, several dozen boxes of paper samples, binding samples and other ephemera. Finally we need a storage space of approximately 750 sq. ft. with a loading dock, or a forklift, to store our collection of 19th century bookbinding equipment.
Donations to defray what promises to be the substantial cost of removal and storage can be made on-line at http://bookbindersmuseum.com/.
If you would like to send a check please make the check out to The American Bookbinders Museum and send it to the following address:
Bookbinders Museum Relief
c/o Taurus Bookbindery
2736 16th street
San Francisco, CA. 94110
The Museum is a 501-(c)3 organization and all donations will be tax deductible.
For further questions I can be reached anytime 9:00 AM-9:00 PM PST at 415-710-9369 (Tim James) or emailed at: [email protected]
If you are interested in helping to find a permanent home for the Museum and insuring its future please leave your contact information at [email protected]
Sincerely,
Tim James
President, The American Bookbinders Museum

This message was approved by the board of directors on 2-13-2013

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